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  • Capitol Notebook: The Statehouse and the hospital

    My earliest memory of the Maine Statehouse is a sixth-grade field trip, crowding into the office of Gov. John Reed sometime in the mid-1960s. I’m not sure if that initial visit stoked my fascination with Maine politics and especially the Legislature, but it may have helped. So decade...

  • The Universal Notebook: LePage’s tax plan is DOA

    During his first term, Gov. Paul LePage got many of his ideas from the ultraconservative American Legislative Exchange Council and Maine Heritage Policy Center. In his second term, his tax plan comes from an unexpected source: the Maine Democratic Party. The plan is to cut the income tax a...

  • Letter: Newman engenders confidence

    Recently, Perry B. Newman summarized his reaction to the November election and clearly remembered both his disappointment (over Eliot Cutler's defeat) and the affect on him of what he described as "meanness" shown in the campaign. Mr. Newman is a very upbeat and positive person and that is eviden... 1

  • Letter: Falmouth should ban smart meters

    Many in Falmouth are concerned about the lack of safety standards, harmful health effects, and violations of property rights regarding Central Maine Power Co.’s installation of smart meters, but were wrongly under the impression there would be a public hearing before the installation began.... 2

  • Letter: Yarmouth nurses say thanks

    A sincere thank you from the Yarmouth school nurses to the many volunteers who, once again, helped us make our seasonal flu vaccine clinics so successful. From the nurses who gave the shots, to the crowd-control experts, right down to the cheerful and enthusiastic volunteers who checked st...

  • Letter: Put smart meters in perspective

    The hoopla over the electric smart meters is a little baffling. I don't question the symptoms people are feeling, but I do question whether they've done their homework before making a diagnosis. If we were talking about toxic pollutants, it would make sense to raise an alarm and not wait ... 4

  • Letter: It's the dialog that matters

    I have been reading Edgar Allen Beem's columns for a while now, and have disagreed with him on most political things that he says. I do, however, respect his right to say anything. There have been times when I wanted to respond, but didn't for various reasons. Now, however, I find I must respond,...

  • Letter: Cowards hide behind anonymous opinion

    I have to say I'm deeply disappointed to read the The Forecaster is even considering the publication of anonymous letters in its print editions ("Editor's Notebook," Dec. 8-10). To my mind, the flood of uninformed, scurrilous, often illiterate garbage on media websites is an increasingly negative...

  • The Universal Notebook: 'Mr. President, why do you hate us?'

    Back on April Fool’s Day, when President Barack Obama spoke in support of health care reform at the Portland Exposition Building, among the tea party protesters outside was a lady carrying a sign that read “Mr. President, why do you hate us?” Eight months later, liberal D... 9

  • No Sugar Added: Coming out of the closet (again)

    I have a confession to make. I’m done living a lie. I’m coming out. Of the closet. No, I am not here to tell you, dear readers, that I am a lesbian. Although, during my seven years of dating, I have more than once considered taking the alternate path. No, when I say closet, I a...